Call of the Wild

Wolf Call of the WildCall of the Wild,
a Wolf Required Adventure

The Wolf Den Leader guide says, “Many boys join Scouting because they want to go camping.  This adventure will introduce Wolves to several camping skills–selecting and bringing gear, participating with their families in campfire shows, and being prepared for bad weather.  They will also learn about animals they might see, the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids, tying knots, and how to handle potentially harmful situations.”

Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!

Requirements:

Complete Requirements 1-4 plus at least one other.

  1.  Attend one of the following:
    1A. A pack or family campout
    1B. An outdoor activity with your den or pack
    1C. Day camp
    1D. Resident camp
  2. With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that could happen during your outing according to the time of year you are outside. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.
  3. A. Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader.
    B. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.
    C. After your outdoor activity or campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire or other dangers.
  4. Show or demonstrate what to do:
    A. In case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
    B. To keep from spreading your germs.
  5. Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
  6. While on a den or family outing, identify four different types of animals you see or explain evidence of their presence. Tell how you identified them.

Knot Tying: The Best Resources to Learn How

Cub Scout Knot TyingKnot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures.  This post will help you find great resources to help teach the boys how to tie knots. Continue reading

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

Camping in the Cub Scout Adventure Program

In the Cub Scout program, there is an emphasis on camping. My friend, Scouter Adam, reviewed the camping requirements on his blog and compiled the list for us.  Another friend, Robert the Popcorn Guy, created this awesome Camping for Cubs chart using Adam’s information.  Both Adam and Robert said that I could share their information with the Cub Scout Ideas readers.

You’ll find that going on a pack camp out is a requirement to earn your rank badge for Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens. The only exception is for those packs whose charter organization doesn’t allow pack camping. Continue reading

Be Prepared for Weather Changes When Camping

weather changes when campingBeing prepared for severe weather is something we think about while we’re home, but we often don’t consider it while we’re camping.  As the adults, we’ll watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly.  But our boys still need to know what to do in severe weather situations that may arise while we’re camping.

In fact, one of the required Wolf Adventures has the Cub Scout discussing how to be prepared for possible weather changes.

Wolf Adventure –  Call of the Wild 2:  With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that could happen during your outing according to the time of year you are outside. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.

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Child Safety Scenarios for Cub Scouts

child safety scenarios“What do you do when a stranger approaches you?” is a great question to ask our children.  In fact, it’s included in one of the required Wolf Adventures.

Wolf Adventure –  Call of the Wild 5a:  Show or demonstrate what to do when a stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings.

This post will focus on helping our boys know what to do if they’re approached by a stranger. When I began my research, I searched for “stranger danger,” but I found that the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) doesn’t support the use of that phrase.  One reason is that many missing children are abducted by someone they know. Continue reading

Cub Scouts and Our National Anthem

Our National AnthemAt least one of the Cub Scout adventures for each rank requires the boys to participate in a campfire program with a song or a skit.  What better song to sing than our National Anthem–especially if your campfire includes a flag retirement ceremony!

Tiger Adventure – Tigers in the Wild 5: Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.

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